It ain't no use, Drisc. I ain't got a chance, but I ain't
scared. I was just thinkin' it ain't as bad as people thinkdyin'.
I ain't never took much stock in the truck them sky-pilots preach. I ain't
never had religion; but I know whatever it is what comes after it can't
be no worser'n this. I don't like to leave you, Drisc, butthis sailor
life ain't much to cry about leavin'just one ship after another, had
work, small pay, and bum grub; and when we git into port, just a drunk endin'
up in a fight, and all your money gone, and then ship away again. Never
meetin' no nice people; never gittin' outa sailor town, hardly, in any port;
travelin' all over the world and never seein' none of it; without no one
to care whether you're alive or dead. [with a bitter smile] There
ain't much in all that that'd make yuh sorry to lose it, Drisc. [musingly]
It must be great to stay on dry land all your life and have a farm with
a house of your own with cows and pigs and chickens, ‘way in the middle
of the land where yuh'd never smell the sea or see a ship. It must be great
to have a wife, and kids to play with at night after supper when your work
was done. It must be great to have a home of your own, Drisc. Sea-farin'
is all right when you're young and don't care, but we ain't chickens no
more, and somehow, I dunno, this last year has seemed rotten, and I've had
a hunch I'd quitwith you, of courseand we'd save our coin, and
go to Canada or Argentine or some place and git a farm, just a small one,
just enough to live on. I never told yuh this ‘cause I thought you'd
laugh at me. [pause] But now it's too late.
Credits: Reprinted from The Provincetown Plays: First Series.
New York: Frank Shay, 1916.
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